Q: What would you have done differently than Comptroller Holtzman to address the city's budget problems?

A: As a comptroller you to face up to the reality of the situation. Today, we have exactly the same situation as when I was deputy mayor in 1978. When Koch and I came in, we were faced with a huge budget crisis. We called in all the commissioners, and we made massive, unpleasant, and unpopular cuts. But we did it right away.

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